I recently purchased a clarinet from a US seller. I paid using PayPal.
Today I got an email headed "Your PayPal payment has been refunded". I thought "oh-oh, the sale has fallen through". But no, when I opened the email I got the following message:
"Message from merchant: Hello Patrick......The shipping and insurance was lower than expected ($68.20) so I'm refunding you $20.00.............Hope this helps some on the shipping "sticker shock"....Very best regards, Rich at toontone.....PS your customs number is CW********US"
There's a first time for everything I suppose. The seller is toontone (Richard Doss) also trading as Clarinet Heaven. Feedback score of 1157 at 100%.
He get's my vote!